Ice cube trays
Small stones, feathers, cubes, different colored small objects
Container for small objects
Skills: Fine motor skills, sorting
The kids will have the opportunity to work with the tong tools to sort objects into the ice cube trays or into piles according to chosen characteristics. The first time this center is introduced the kids could sort by characteristics they choose. In the subsequent times I might set out some characteristics for them to use, for example size, color, or texture. For these times there would be a "sorting maps" laid out with the center.
An extension for advanced students is to sort by two characteristics for example green and smooth vs. green and bumpy.